When Bertie’s Bothy became the possession of an Eilean Eisdeal director (or directors?) it underwent a conversion job and metamorphosed into an art gallery. (The last we remember was that permission was granted for conversion to a cottage – but never mind …) Unfortunately the contents of the Bothy, i.e. an electric cooker and a fridge, were no longer required so, finding themselves homeless, the cooker and fridge shed a sad tear, trundled off to the Rush & Gush and threw themselves to the ground in an emotional act of self-fly-tipping.
A sad story.
Members of the Easdale Island Residents’ & Property Owners’ Association met with A&BC planning officers Area Team Leader Stephen Fair and Enforcement Officer Andrew Barrie, along with Ben Tustin from SEPA and Cllr. Duncan MacIntyre to see what could be done for these poor abandoned white goods. The conclusion was that the cooker and fridge (and a great number of other items) had breached planning law. As they had wantonly thrown themselves onto community land, the responsibility lay with Eilean Eisdeal either to remove them or to apply for planning permission for a change of use which would allow them to remain in their chosen last resting place.
A deadline was set. The deadline came. The deadline passed – by some four months now. Eilean Eisdeal have not complied with either of the options – at least as far as we can tell. Certainly all the rubbish is still there. So what is going on?? When the planners were asked that question for the umpteenth time the questioner was told that the information could not be released on the grounds that it might compromise on-going discussions. What “on-going discussions”? And what about?
Ahhh … could it be that old chestnut of the waste storage area raising its head again, right in the middle of the Conservation Area? Eilean Eisdeal have tried this twice before and got nowhere. But hey … why not have another go? And that very strange survey points strongly in that direction.
The plan goes something like this (and it’s been employed before):
1. Deliberately create a big problem. Dump stuff until people get really fed up and complain.
2. Offer to solve the problem by using it as a means to get what you wanted in the first place.
We wonder whose brainchild this could have been.
Well, like many others, Willie the Ferry has got sick and tired of the fly-tipping and has personally begun to uplift some of the rubbish to take it to Moleigh, where it belongs.
Well done Willie. You’ll no doubt have some help from other islanders – though we hear on the grapevine that there are those who don’t want the stuff removed because “We want it to look a mess so we’ll get our permission”. Very community spirited, eh?